Sports production industry stalwart Leon Schweir dies at 68


Schweir worked for over 40 years at NFL Media, Pac-12 Networks, Versus, BTN and MSG Networks

Leon Schweir, a highly regarded sports production industry executive and veteran of NFL Media, Pac-12 Networks, Versus Sports Network, Big Ten Network and MSG Networks/Fox Sports NY, died last week at his home in San Francisco. . He was 68 years old. One of the most respected production and operations executives for more than four decades in the sports media industry, Schweir was instrumental in launching Pac-12 Networks and Big Ten Network.

Most recently, as Vice President of Broadcast Operations for NFL Media, he played a key role in NFL Media’s move to the new LA Stadium and Entertainment District (The District) in Hollywood Park. Dave Shaw, Vice President, Head of Media Operations, NFL Media, comments:

“Leon Schweir had a great mix of production sense and technical awareness, and overall a charm that warmed people up. We will miss him.”

At Pac-12 Networks, Schweir was responsible for event, studio and digital content, including 850 live events and was part of the networks original launch team. From 2012 to 2018, he oversaw the engineering staff behind the first all-IP production network, earning IBC Finalist for Technology Innovation and an Emmy nomination for Technology. At Pac-12 Networks, he helped develop the “at-home” or REMI production model that is now widely used in the industry.

SVG was shared on an internal statement that was emailed to Pac-12 network staff. This statement said:

Leon left a tremendous mark at Pac-12 Networks and across the sports media industry. He was a pioneer of the Pac-12, with his legacy including the launch of Pac-12 Networks and the innovation of a home production model that is now used throughout the industry, among many other aspects of our business. Most importantly, his contributions live on through the many people, colleagues, and friends he made at Pac-12 Networks and elsewhere along the way.

Prior to Pac-12 Networks, Schweir was SVP, Production Planning and SVP, Production, Versus Sports Network and Comcast SportsNet, in charge of studio and remote productions that included the NHL, Tour de France and NBA D League.

Previously, he was Executive Producer/Vice President, Production, Big Ten Network, overseeing studio, remote and technical operations teams and playing a key role in the successful launch and creation of a studio facility based on a Full HD server. .

He also served as Executive Producer/VP, Programming, MSG Networks and Fox Sports NY, responsible for the production and programming of two regional networks and live coverage of over 300 sporting events annually. Schweir was honored by YES Network for his many years in New York regional sports production during Tuesday’s Yankees-Red Sox show:

Schweir is survived by his son, Richard, and his daughter, Christina. A memorial service will be held at the Green Street Mortuary (649 Green St.) in San Francisco on August 26 at 12:30 p.m. PT. For those who want to celebrate and remember his life, please join any of the following links for live viewing on Thursday, August 26 from 3-5 p.m. ET: Where In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the US Soccer Foundation at


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